At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles this morning, Microsoft updated its Windows 7 sales figures — saying that the current version of its operating system has sold 400 million licenses, significantly outpacing Windows XP’s growth over the same period of its life.

As we’ve noted in the past, the PC market itself has grown significantly larger in the ten years since Windows XP was launched, but even adjusting for that larger size, Windows 7 is doing better than its most successful predecessor.

Windows XP is still running on more than half of PCs worldwide, according to Net Applications, but it’s in decline as Windows 7 rises, now at more than 27 percent. Windows Vista, the ill-fated release that came between the two, has slipped to less than 10 percent, on its way to oblivion.

Microsoft is also talking about Windows 8 at the conference, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calling it “a true reimagining of Windows PCs and the dawning of Windows slates.” The company is looking to the new Windows release as a way of catching up to the iPad in slate-style devices.

Via the conference webcast, Microsoft executive Tami Reller is now giving a rundown of the announcements made thus far, but there doesn’t appear to be any major Windows 8 news emerging from the conference. Microsoft is expected to give more details at its Build conference for software and hardware developers in Anaheim, Calif., in September.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft! Windows 7 is a sure winner, and I expect Windows 8 will add to that lead.

    • Guest

      Notice what they didn’t say? MS’s share has continued to decline anyway. It’s now under 89%. Still very high, but not what it was even a few years ago. And the long term trajectory is definitely down now, which should be concerning to MS management. Of course, their in denial about everything else so they’ll just ignore that one too. But W8 is unlikely to win back any Apple converts or staunch the move away from Windows and towards that platform.

      • JohnK67

        I can’t agree with you that Microsoft is in denial when they also have products and OS’s for smartphones and tablets.  They obviously know they have to be in those markets.  Whether they’ll eventually be successful in those markets is the bigger question.

  • BillReliable

    I just changed over my staff (14 users) from XP …. its not better just different … therefore not worth the money and Office 2010 is again not better than 2007 or for that matter 2003 just different … I feel like Balmer suckered me …

    • QuiteUnreliable

      Yeah yeah right… Good try, Google employee. Save your FUD for your social networkingin competitions.

    • Dlf_oki_2011

      The fact that somewhere in your mind Office 2010 is equivalent to 2003 is very telling.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a plan to me dude. Wow.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, key term here is “Licenses” not installs!  Still running WinXP in enterprise, planning on upgrading to Win7 next year.  Why?  Because we have no choice, WinXP SP3 will cease to be supported by Microsoft.  There is no other reason to upgrade except for new hardware and continuing support.  Have 5,000+ enterprise applications that all have to be tested.  May likely have to move things to vSphere / Citrix that we cannot shoehorn in place to run on Win7.  WinXP Mode is not an option, too difficult to manage it in Enterprise.  I still like Win7 over WinXP due to all the improvements, it’s what Vista should have been years ago.  iPads making serious impression with management, Mac’s showing up all over the place.  Building a Mac support model to handle more in enterprise.  Many users could just run a Mac with Office 2011 and use Citrix / VMWare Viewer for anything requiring Windows. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion includes whole disk encryption ( a major requirement of ours that is costing us additional third-party license per Mac ) is just icing on the cake. Gotta love that $29.95 OS license cost!  Most of our IT staff are in denial about Apple, but the CEOs, CIO, and all their direct reports and their direct reports are demanding Apple iPads along with custom company Apps not only for our customers but ourselves.  This is a massive paradigm shift from top down. Once infrastructure is in place to support the Mac’s as well as we support Windows, employees will have a choice based on their job function.  PC / Mac – Laptop / Desktop or Thin Client work at home everything virtual (win only). 

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